Bologna Children’s Book Fair: Digital award winners

The Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award  has a traditional twist this year. It is part of the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair and this year’s winning title will be well known to book lovers.HC

Since 1963 illustrators, publishers, distributors, booksellers, authors and agents from all around the world have been gathering in the Italian city of Bologna for the biggest international event in children’s publishing: the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Now multimedia makers and digital producers are a big part of the Fair.

Held from 30 March to 2 April earlier this year, the Fair celebrates the best in children’s print books while identifying and rewarding new trends and digital story-telling platforms.

The Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award  is one way of recognising new developments. It was established to encourage excellence in children’s digital productions. It is open to publishers and developers in any language or platform in two categories: fiction and non-fiction. Australia was one of more than 40 countries contributing work for the 2015 Ragazzi Digital Award (the table below has details of Australian entries or you can click here to look at the Ragazzi Digital site).

This year’s winner of the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award was a reworking of time-honoured favourite and international best-seller My Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. For award details and to see what the jury thought of the winning entry and special mentions see Live Wires online.

Go to Live Wires online for more on the winning entries.

Publishing House Category Title Author / Illustrator Publish date
Cathy Lane Studios Fiction Butterfly Kisses by Cathy Lane Cathy Lane / Cathy Lane 2014
Deeper Richer Fiction Starting Shakespeare Deeper Richer/Bell Shakespeare / Deeper Richer 2014
List Premier Education Pty Ltd Fiction Jungle Beat Child and English Language Development Program List Premier Education Pty Ltd / List Premier Education Pty Ltd 2014
Michelle Somerton Fiction Billy Possum’s Interactive Comprehension Michelle Somerton / Jason Bugg 2014
Quirky Kid Non Fiction Power Up! Quirky Kid / Lisa Diebold, Connah Brecon 2014
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Clare McHugh

Clare McHugh is a Project Manager in ECA’s Learning Hub. She is responsible for the Digital Business Kit, exploring possibilities for technology in the early childhood sector, and for Start Early, an initiative to develop long term strategies that prevent domestic and family violence. Clare has been thinking and writing about children, family and social policy for many years, including previously for the Commonwealth Child Care Advisory Council and the Australian government. Her background is in psychology and professional writing. She has worked in adult development and group facilitation, employer sponsored child care, family relationships and in the publishing industry. Outside of ECA Clare continues several writing and publishing projects through her freelance business.

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